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Ontology-based Software Repository System

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Authors
Johnson, Jean M.
Subjects
Software, Hardware Asset Reuse Enterprise (SHARE)
Advisors
Date of Issue
2010-04-30
Date
30-Apr-10
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
The reuse of software and related artifacts is a key tenant of DoD acquisition improvement initiatives, including the Naval Open Architecture program. While there are many inhibitors of reuse, software repositories are considered enablers in that they provide a central store of artifacts as well as capabilities for search, retrieval, and reconfiguration of existing components into newly developed systems. However, current software repositories lack robust search and discovery capabilities and are thus limited enablers. This research expands on previous efforts to reform the organizational approach to software repositories by using ontologies as the framework of repository information. By combining metadata with domain, architectural, and other information, more sophisticated search techniques are enabled. In this paper, we describe the approach and demonstrate, through a use case, a new type of search that takes advantage of the context provided by the ontologies and emphasizes human interaction. New navigation techniques will be employed that guide human users, offering suggestions based on projected needs. The improved search capability will encourage developers to consider reuse and improve the software reuse enabling power of software repositories.
Type
Technical Report
Description
Proceedings Paper (for Acquisition Research Program)
Department
Acquisition Management
NPS Faculty
Identifiers
NPS Report Number
NPS-AM-10-040
Sponsors
Naval Postgraduate School Acquisition Research Program
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Citation
Distribution Statement
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Rights
This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.